Cargo volume handled by international air freight forwarders in the Philippines increased 19.3% in 2017 to 329.030 million kilograms from 292.556 million kg in 2016, data from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed.
Consolidations, which accounted for 44% of the total, grew 20.55% to 153.197 million kg from 127.077 million kg recorded in 2016.
Breakbulking, which contributed 36% to the total, likewise improved 22% to 126.242 million kg from 103.338 million kg previously.
Direct shipments, meanwhile, went up 12% to 69.591 million kg from 62.141 million kg.
The growth in 2017 followed the decline in volumes recorded in 2015 and 2016. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) earlier said 2017 data for global air freight markets showed that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres grew by 9.0%. This was more than double the 3.6% annual growth recorded in 2016.
Nippon Express Philippines, Inc. remained the top international air freight forwarder in volume handled, keeping the spot for nine straight years. Nippon Express airlifted 60.788 million kg in 2017, the volume accounting for a 17.42% market share and 21% higher than the 50.077 million kg the company handled in 2016.
Ranking two places higher in 2017 was DHL Global Forwarding (Philippines), Inc. with 36.23 million kg lifted. It was followed by Trans-global Consolidators, Inc., which dropped one spot to third with 19.372 million kg. Yusen Logistics Philippines, Inc. jumped two spots to fourth with 18.136 million kg.
Dropping from third to fifth was Schenker Philippines, Inc. with 14.984 million kg. Expeditors Philippines, Inc. leaped from 10th place to sixth with 8.7 million kg, followed by UPS Delbros Transport, Inc., which improved two places to seventh with 8.4 million kg.
First time to land in the top 10 was Keihin-Everett Forwarding Company, which ranked eighth with 7.845 million kg, followed by Panalpina World Transport (Phils.), Inc., down to ninth from seventh previously with 7.485 million kg carried.
Improving from 16th to 10th place was DHL Express (Philippines) Corp. with 6.846 million kg.
Ranked 11th to 20th on CAB’s list were CEVA Logistics Philippines, Inc. (6.739 million kg); U-Freight Philippines, Inc. (6.568 million kg); Kintetsu World Express Philippines, Inc. (6.254 million kg); Federal Express Pacific, Ltd. (5.899 million kg); “K” Line Logistics (Phils), Inc. (5.708 million kg); DSV Air & Sea, Inc. (5.656 million kg); Kuehne & Nagel, Inc. (5.356 million kg); Manila International Freight Forwarders, Inc. (5.176 million kg); World Alliance Freight, Inc. (4.658 million kg); and UPS SCS (Phils), Inc. (4.633 million kg).
Completing the top 30 list were NNR Global Logistics (Phils), Inc. (4.588 million kg); AAI Worldwide Logistics, Inc. (4.291 million kg); TYCS Logistics International, Inc. (3.989 million kg); Dimerco Express Philippines, Inc. (3.381 million kg); Agility International Logistics, Inc. (3.381 million kg); Bollore Logistics Philippines, Inc. (3.265 million kg); Sky Freight Forwarders, Inc. (2.768 million kg); CFS International Movers Corp. (2.628 million kg); Royal Cargo, Inc. (2.403 million kg); and Polaris Express Logistics Corporation (2.221 million kg). – Roumina Pablo